• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 11. Mixing Audio > Why Stereo Mixes?

Why Stereo Mixes?

Hearing is a spatial, as well as an aural, sense. Our ears perceive not only changes in the volume and timbre of a sound, but also the direction from which a sound originated. They can even give us a fairly reliable idea of how far away we are from a sound generator. Presumably, these capabilities evolved as survival tools: We need to know to run when our eyes tell us that a lion is set to pounce, but we also need to be able to read the meaning of sounds so we can react quickly when we hear a few sticks break right behind us.

Although innovations in playback systems continue to appear, a stereo mix with one left speaker and one right speaker can go a very long way toward convincing our ears of a three-dimensional acoustic space. Consider these three basic parameters for creating a stereo mix:


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint